archived 15 audio presentations from this event
11 and 15, 2009, a group of students, faculty, and northern community members
gathered under the midnight sun to consider the intersections of northern and
Citation: LaJeunesse, Adam. "Sovereignty by Other Means: The Voyage of
the Manhattan and the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act." Northern
Environmental History Workshop. 12 June 2009.
Bio: Adam Lajeunesse, Department of History, University of Calgary.
Abstract: My research has been focusing primarily on the history of Canadian
and American security interests in the Arctic as well as the political and
legal issues arising from questions of sovereignty and jurisdiction. I've also
been doing a lot of work on contemporary and historical resource development
that deals with the importance of natural resources to northern and national
development and the attempts to protect the environment from this same
development. I would be able to contribute on topics such as the political and
economic origins of Canada's pollution control legislation and its contemporary
importance or the militarization of the Arctic during the Cold War and beyond.
In particular, I was thinking of presenting on the origins of Canada's Arctic
Waters Pollution Prevention Act and how the government used pollution and
environmental protection to advance its political/sovereignty agenda in the
North. My work would deal with international maritime law and high level